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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement by the Press Secretary

Russian President Medvedev called President Obama to wish him a happy birthday and to discuss Russia’s WTO accession negotiations.  The Presidents noted the significant progress that had been made since they spoke last a few weeks ago.  President Obama stressed the need for Russia to work with other WTO members to close out the last remaining issues and bring the negotiations to a successful conclusion by the end of the year.